The Game of Thrones season 7 air date has finally been confirmed by HBO after speculations arose following its delay.
After the show?s highly popular sixth season, fans of the hit fantasy series got disappointed with the announcement that its return has been pushed back.
Now, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have revealed that the show will return in summer of 2017. According to the Variety report, this is a few months later than Game of Thrones? usual April season premiere.
The team will reportedly begin filming later this summer in locations around Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland.
Aside from announcing the Game of Thrones season 7 air date, an HBO rep also explained why the team decided to shorten the next two seasons to just less than eight episodes each.
?Now that winter has arrived on ?Game of Thrones,? (the executive producers) felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,? shared Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming.
?Instead of the show?s traditional spring debut, we?re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule,? the spokesperson added.
The Game of Thrones season 7 delay means that the show will not be eligible for the 2017 Emmy Awards. This is because rules state that majority of a season?s episodes are required to have aired by May 31 to be considered.
Nonetheless, the show is expected to be a frontrunner in this year?s Emmy?s with a total of 23 nominations. These include acting bids for cast members Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and first-time nominees Kit Harington and Maisie Williams. Fans are also celebrating because the show has?received nominations for directing, writing and Best Drama Series, among others.
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The delay of Game of Thrones season 7 was first explained by Benioff and Weiss earlier this month. The two pointed out that ending season 6 on a winter setting requires them to hold off production while it is still too sunny now.
?We pushed everything down the line so we could get some grim, grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot,? the showrunners described.
The long wait for the Game of Thrones season 7 air date has made several viewers look for other similar TV offerings that they could watch. However, there are also hardcore fans who have been sharing predictions and theories on what could happen when the show returns.
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